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Girl Rising Announces Launch of the Girl Rising Creative Challenge

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Is someone you admire doing right by girls? Or maybe YOU are the one making the world a better place!  We’re calling on individuals and organizations from across the world to share how they are helping create a gender equal world. Our actions, however big or small, can lead to profound change. So write your story, submit a video, or share your artwork. Perhaps you voice a podcast about an after-school program to empower girls. Or maybe you saw a friend’s video about a social worker in your neighborhood. It could simply be a powerful poem about your grandmother’s journey to become educated. We welcome your creativity! Help spread the word. And yes, there are big prizes!

Centre on Global Health Security Teams Up With Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva for a New Cohort of African Public Health Leadership Fellows

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Following the successful Public Health Leaders Fellowship pilot of three West African fellows in 2016/17, the Centre on Global Health Security is pleased to team up with the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva for a new cohort of African Public Health Leadership fellows.

The fellowship will develop the skills in leadership, policy analysis and formulation of successful applicants, who will benefit from the networking and mentoring opportunities in London, Geneva and their respective countries. Fellows will each develop and produce a project as part of the fellowship programme.

Meet Sheila Donegan of Boston Dream Center

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I was born and raised in the Boston area. We moved to the west coast – Southern California – when I was 16. In 2012, I felt a strong sense from God that I was to move back to Boston. After being gone for more than 30 years, I was to start a work – a ministry – in downtown Boston to those who are often most marginalized and forgotten. Read More

Using our Voice to Speak Up at Critical Times

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We are so grateful for the work of organizations like World Relief who are leading with values and love standing by and for and with refugees and displaced peoples during these tumultuous times.

Last month, our country commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. While it’s easy to remember his legacy and believe that we would have been right alongside him in his fight for justice and equality, Matthew 23 reminds us that even we can “build tombs for the prophet” but then be a part of a community that ends up castigating, marginalizing and even eventually murdering the prophets, ignoring their message and being more comfortable with the status quo.

Martin Luther King Jr. called our nation to a higher consciousness on race, poverty, and violence. But he also wrote powerfully in his Letter from Birmingham Jail that helping the person beat up along the side of the road should only be an initial act. If we see more people facing similar circumstances of injustice and suffering, at a certain point, we must ask, what is wrong with this road? Being the Good Samaritan doesn’t just mean meeting the immediate, tangible needs of our neighbors but addressing systemic and structural issues that often inhibit the full flourishing of our neighbors.

This past year has been a particularly difficult year for immigrant communities whose vulnerability is real and whose fear has increased significantly over the past year. The termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) coincided with several other policy decisions that have left thousands of individuals without the very structural protections and systems that would allow them to thrive. This includes the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Sudanese, many of whom are in the United States having fled natural disasters. In addition, the United States is on track to resettle just 20,000 refugees this fiscal year which would be the lowest level of refugee arrivals in the United States since the refugee resettlement program started in 1980. As a case in point, only 44 Syrian refugees have been welcomed to the United States in 2018 at a time when the conflict in Syria rages on.

First Refugee Apartment in Nashville

It’s easy to shrink back and have the narrative of fear lead to paralysis where our voices are silent and our actions are few. But Proverbs 31:8 reminds us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves for the rights of all who are destitute.” Our voice in the public square is a critical part of our witness and discipleship as followers of Jesus. Calling on our elected officials to care for the vulnerable as they make important decisions is a way for us to steward not just our resources and our time, but our influence, to stand with the vulnerable. Seeking justice for the vulnerable is ultimately a reflection of what Jesus Christ did for us as our “advocate” or “parakletos” before God (1 John 2:1). Jesus took the sins of humanity upon Himself and is interceding on our behalf before God, and we are called as Christ’s ambassadors to do the same (2 Corinthians 5:20). We cannot truly love and serve our neighbors well without also addressing the systems in which we all live. Using our voice and influence to engage in political decision-making processes ensures that our elected officials create systems and laws that reflect Biblical principle of compassion and justice.

Last year, Voices of Christian Dreamers, a group of Christian Dreamers, provided a distinctively Christian advocacy platform for fellow young immigrants to share their stories, shaping public opinion and urging Congress to pass a legislative solution for Dreamers. World Relief also published a full-page ad on February 7th in the Washington Post that asked the President and Congress to work together to support immigrants in the country. In just a few weeks, the letter garnered over 3,000 signatures with church leaders from every state supporting immigrants in the United States. In a press conference with Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Angus King (I-ME), we urged Congress to support Dreamers immediately. With this letter, pastors and leaders across the country were empowered to speak up and lead their churches to change the negative narrative about immigrants into a positive narrative about individuals made in the image of God.

It is not new for the church to use its voice to speak up for our neighbors. It is part of our historic call and identity. But seeking justice for our neighbors can oftentimes entail harm and risk to ourselves. Even still, speaking with boldness, truth, courage and love at a time when it’s easy for us to vilify our enemies and shrink into our corners is essential to fully living out the Gospel. And here are a few things you can do:

1) Pray – A prayer guide is available as a resource to help you pray for immigrants in our country. Pull a group of your friends together to pray.

2) Be Truth Seekers – There has been a disheartening narrative around immigrants in our country today. This harmful narrative must not be the narrative of the church. When the narrative around us gets ugly and the discourse dehumanizing, we as the church must speak with grace, with truth, and with love to affirm individuals as made in the image of God. We must be truth tellers. Truth has a way of changing the narrative, of the way people think and act towards others, so that one harmful act of an individual does not get placed on the whole community as blame.

3) Call Congress – Proverbs 3:27 reminds us to “not withhold good from those to whom Read More

IDF Strategic Plan Update

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Dear Imago Dei Fund Partner:

I am excited to share the outcome of our 2018 strategic planning process. Thank you for your patience as we took a pause for critical reflection.

Per my prior message, Imago Dei Fund’s mission will continue as it is:

Motivated by our faith and a commitment to the inherent dignity and common humanity of all people, we invest around the world in visionary and impactful organizations working to advance universal human rights, gender balance, justice and spiritual holism. Our mission is to co-create a more just and more free world in which all human beings can thrive and flourish together.

Over the next three years, IDF will be focusing its funding and support primarily in the following areas:
Supporting Women and Girls to Thrive and Flourish, Church as Change Agent, Being a Good Neighbor in Boston.

Register early to attend a new global philanthropy conference – Innovate Philanthropy – in Boston September 6-7th

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 – at The Boston Foundation

2:00 pm Registration

2:30-2:45 pm Welcome and Opening

Paul Grogan, President, Boston Foundation

2:45-4:00 pm Keynote: Innovations in Global Philanthropy

To Be Announced…

4:00-5:00 pm Collaborative Exercise

5:00-6:00 pm Welcome Reception Read More

“I am convinced that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons. Our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity - men and women - to reach their full potential.”
Barack Obama